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19
May
18

Taken to tusk

I quite like Chinese Water Deer. They are very ‘bambi’ like. Much cuter than the rather brusk faced Muntjac. This one appeared out of the reedbed as we were waiting for Bittern. Although he was be-tusked and moulting he didn’t lose any of his charm.

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30
Apr
18

Boxing match

I know a lot of people who when asked about their favourite animal tell me it’s the Brown Hare.

On tour recently we saw these two putting on a really good old fashioned gloves off boxing display.

08
Apr
18

A Sea of Seal

Some big numbers of Grey Seals on the East coast at the moment. On yesterday’s tour we estimated we could see at least a thousand from one viewpoint. Lots of moulting moaning itchy pinnipeds.

28
Feb
18

Australian Round-up

If you fancy taking a break from the winter weather we’re experiencing here in the UK you can pay a visit to the ‘latest’ section of the Wildcatch Photography site. A number of photos from my recent Australian trip have been posted. They are sure to warm you through as you sip your hot chocolate. I hope you enjoy them. http://wildcatchphotography.zenfolio.com/p34814967

24
Feb
18

Breckland Round-up

Although I only advertised one trip to Breckland this month, I ended up doing several due to demand.

I thought I’d give a bit of a round-up for all my customers.

Some of the classics gave excellent views; Goshawk were not difficult at all again this year and Woodlark could often be heard singing before we left the car! Lesser spotted Woodpecker were more difficult – unusually when we saw them they were silent and when we could hear them they were so far in dense woodland we couldn’t see them. Firecrests were there but not yet as active as they can be. Hawfinch didn’t show on all occassions and were in relatively small numbers compared with last year. I wonder why that is when numbers are seemingly everywhere else in the county after a continental influx. Crossbills are in short supply but again we did see them although they are a very nomadic species. A bonus this year is of course was the Parrot Crossbill flock that has been floating around Santon Downham. Starling murmurations were at their peak last week – I couldn’t be sure but I reckon on Sunday last we watched close to 500,000 birds coming in to roost right at the side of us. The sight, sound … and smell of them will live long in the memory. All good value birds with a few Otters, Hares, Roe Deer and Reeve’s Muntjac all putting in an appearance. Rabbit numbers seem to have decreased everywhere of late. RHD2, the new viral strain from the continent, has obviously taken a hold. I do hope this does not have an effect on the Stone Curlew population which thrive on the rabbit grazed short swards of our heaths.

Anyways, all that aside, I thought I’d show another photo of the Parrot Crossbills … just because I like them so much!

Next years tour to Breckland is already on the website – Book Early! https://www.wildlifetoursandeducation.co.uk/tours/special-day-tours

20
Feb
18

Sea Watch Foundation

You will perhaps know I am involved with Sea Watch Foundation. Kathy James, National sightings officer, and the sightings team around the UK have prepared a very useful document. It comprehensively brings together all the sightings in last summers National Whale and Dolphin Watch.  A good read. I can recommend it http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/National-Whale-and-Dolphin-Watch-Report-2017.pdf

30
Jan
18

Rarity

On a beautifully sunny day in Port Phillip an inviting turquoise sea lurred us out across the bay.

With only 150 Burrunan Dolphins known to exist, in two populations, it has to be one of the world’s rarest mammals. I was elated to see them almost immediately we left the quay. Around eight animals came and played around the boat and bow rode the passing ferry. Excellent stuff.

Education is a key to protecting habitats and the creatures that occupy our planet. Disappointingly the boat operator we used never mentioned once to their assembled clients what species of dolphin they were, how they differed from other Bottlenose Dolphin species and any how rare they were. Getting people in the water with the dolphins seemed to be a priority. I’ve never been keen to swim with dolphins myself; it’s their habitat … not ours, however, I can see how it appeals and if it’s done in the right way (which it was in this case) I don’t feel it does much harm. I had a good day on the water in Port Phillip. Good sightings and excellent company. Every day you see a cetacean is a good day. Even the enforced visit to a cold, windy and wet botanical gardens in the dark later looking for Possums was enjoyable!




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